March 26-29, 2020 | Toshi Center Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
Welcome to the tenth concurrent Asian Conferences on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy (ACERP) and Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences (ACP), held under the umbrella name of “Think Tokyo 2020”. This naming reflects our location in the capital city of Tokyo, and also underlines IAFOR’s mission to promote interdisciplinary study informed by reflections on how we reason, believe, and behave, as individuals, communities and societies, and on the act, art, science, and imperative of thinking. Since 2011, this extraordinary event has encouraged academics and practitioners working in and across different fields, and from different cultural, religious and national backgrounds, to come together and explore the latest ideas, network, and seek for new research paths and synergies.
Held in partnership with the IAFOR Research Centre at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, this international conference encourages academics and scholars to meet and exchange ideas and views in a forum stimulating respectful dialogue. This event will afford an exceptional opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, networking, and facilitating partnerships across national and disciplinary borders.
Since its founding in 2009, IAFOR has brought people and ideas together in a variety of events and platforms to promote and celebrate interdisciplinary study, and underline its importance. Over the past year we have engaged in many cross-sectoral projects, including those with universities (the University of Barcelona, Hofstra University, UCL, University of Belgrade and Moscow State University), a think tank (the East-West Center), as well as collaborative projects with the United Nations in New York, and here, with the Government of Japan through the Prime Minister’s office.
With the IAFOR Research Centre, we have engaged in a number of interdisciplinary initiatives we believe will have an important impact on domestic and international public policy conversations. It is through conferences like these that we expand our network and partners, and we have no doubt that ACP/ACERP2020 will offer a remarkable opportunity for the sharing of research and best practice, for the meeting of people and ideas.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy – Its Relevance for Japan in Social Transition
Mie Takaki, DBT Tokyo, Japan
Religious Complicity and LGBTQ Rights
Frank S. Ravitch, Michigan State University College of Law, USA
Helping a Stranger in Japan: Who Helps and Why?
Yu Niiya, Hosei University, Japan
Aging Data: NACDA & an Open-source Repository
James W. McNally, University of Michigan & NACDA Program on Aging, USA
Embracing Difference: Religious Diversity in the UK
Stephen E. Gregg, University of Wolverhampton, UK
ACERP2020 Review Committee
- Professor Craig Mark, Kyoritsu Women's University, Japan
- Dr Daniel Dei, North-West University, South Africa
- Professor Hrishikesh Misra, Dev Sanskriti Vishwa Vidyalaya, India
- Dr Ian Raymond Bustamante-Pacquing, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines
- Dr Johan Eddebo, Uppsala University, Sweden
- Dr Lampros Papagiannis, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Greece
- Dr Maisarah Hasbullah, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, Malaysia
- Dr Matthew Malcolm, Universitas Pelita Harapan, Indonesia
- Dr Noor Munirah Isa, University of Malaya, Malaysia
- Dr Pascal Soepper, Independent Scholar/Researcher, Japan
IAFOR Grant & Scholarship Recipients
Our warmest congratulations go to Missaye Mengstie, Lyka Marie Tiongco, Hafsah Macaraya, Maxi Heitmayer, Mira Reyes, who have been selected by the conference Organising Committee to receive grants and scholarships to present their research at ACERP/ACP2020.
IAFOR's grants and scholarships programme provides financial support to PhD students and early career academics, with the aim of helping them pursue research excellence and achieve their academic goals through interdisciplinary study and interaction. Awards are based on the appropriateness of the educational opportunity in relation to the applicant's field of study, financial need, and contributions to their community and to IAFOR's mission of interdisciplinarity. Scholarships are awarded based on availability of funds from IAFOR and vary with each conference.
IAFOR Research Centre (IRC) – “Innovation and Value Initiative”
The IAFOR Research Centre (IRC) is housed within Osaka University’s School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), and in June 2018 the IRC began an ambitious new “Innovation and Value Initiative”. Officially launched at the United Nations in a special UN-IAFOR Collaborative Session, the initiative seeks to bring together the best in interdisciplinary research around the concept of value, on how value can be recognised, and measured, and how this can help us address issues and solve problems, from the local to the global.